According to Scripture, Christians are in a battle whether we recognize it or not. Most of us know spiritual warfare is a constant in our lives and yet, we sometimes choose to deny the fact we have a very real enemy. The Apostle Paul talked about putting on the whole armor of God in Ephesians chapter six and reminded believers that our struggle is not against flesh and blood.
At the same time, we often get tangled up in arguments, earthly battles, and conflicts, often with those in the church. Love, forgiveness, and humility are definitely required on our part, but our flesh resists these things. On top of this, the relentless attacks on Christians by those who hate God and want nothing to do with biblical morality continue all around us. How should Christians respond and what can we do to address the problem?
Today we catch up again with Pastor Saiko Woods of His Word His Way Fellowship in Sugarland, Texas and get his perspective on conflict resolution and some recent news stories involving the LGBT agenda.
A few questions Pastor Saiko answers on today’s program:
- If it’s true that most people would rather avoid confrontation at all costs, how do we break this tendency?
- I know as Christians, we should be better at resolving our issues with others, but oftentimes, we have our most intense disagreements with other believers. How much does pride play into our fight to be right?
- What does Scripture tell us about resolving conflicts?
- Why does it seem that sometimes it is easier to talk with an unbeliever about controversial issues than with other Christians? How have you learned to resolve conflict with Christian friends who believe differently about theological issues? (For example, friends who are pro-abortion or who don’t think homosexuality is a sin.)
- Let’s tackle the bathroom debate and how, even some Christians are divided over this hot topic as well as the LGBT movement. HOW DID WE GET HERE?
Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual of wickedness in the heavenly. Ephesians 6:11-12
If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Romans 12:18
But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within? 13 But those who are outside, God judges. 1 Corinthians 5:11-12
Proverbs 6:16-19, Galatians 5:16-17
Cheap grace is preaching forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession. … Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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